Research-Practice Integration


Access the AED Guidelines for Research-Practice Integration, created by the AED Research-Practice Committee in an effort to advance research and practice partnership in the field of eating disorders. Accompanying the general guidelines is the AED Action Plan which outlines a strategic plan for research-practice integration within the AED.

History of the AED Research-Practice Initiative

The AED Research-Practice Initiative took form in 2007 following an informal survey1 that posed two questions of 32 AED members:

  1. There appears to be a researcher-clinician gap in our field. What do you think is the main cause of this gap?
  2. What is one step we can take to close the gap?

The responses to this survey were uniformly thoughtful and united in their concern about the importance of finding effective ways to encourage research-practice integration. The responses also suggested that the impediments to research-practice integration were multi-layered and complex in nature.

The AED Research-Practice Committee (RPC) was then created and charged with the task of further exploring factors that block research-practice integration and developing a strategic plan for promoting partnership between researchers and practitioners.

Research-Practice Committee

2017-18 Co-Chairs:

  • Kristin von Ranson, PhD, FAED (Board Liaison)
  • Kelly Bhatnagar, PhD 

2017-18 Committee Members:

  • Allison Kelly, PhD, Cpsych
  • Timothy Brewerton, MD, DFAPA, FAED
  • Annie Haynos, PhD
  • Thomas B Hildebrandt, PsyD, FAED
  • Karen Jennings, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC
  • John L Levitt, PhD, FAED
  • Caitlin Martin-Wagar      
  • Cari Pearson Carter, PhD
  • Dawn Gannon, Staff Liaison

The RPC developed the following mission and goals statement:

Mission: To improve the quality of research, clinical practice, and prevention in the field of eating disorders by facilitating an ongoing transfer of knowledge from research into practice and from practice into research, while working to eliminate the factors that result in polarization of these two critical aspects of our field.

Goals: The RPC aims to promote the development of an integrated research-practice culture within the AED by facilitating:

  • the development of effective evidence-based practices, while ensuring that research remains focused upon, and relevant to, practice concerns;
  • the development and sharing of innovative clinical practices and observations to guide the nature and direction of research; and
  • the promotion of a culture of mutual respect across disciplines.

RPC Activities

Since 2007, the RPC has implemented changes in AED activities, in particular conference activities, that promote interactive learning, researcher-practitioner dialogue, and a balanced research-practice perspective. See the Committees & Task Forces.

Upcoming Activities

  • ICED Think Tank, Prague, 2017
  • ICED workshop on research-practice integration (to be confirmed)

Past Activities

Global Think Tanks

  • ICED Think Tank, San Francisco, 2016 – “Integrating Research and Practice"
  • ICED Think Tank, Boston, 2015 – “Empirically Based Practice: The Art and Science of Combining Clinical Expertise with Available Research”
  • ICED Think Tank, New York, 2014 – “Reflections from Improving Lives Through Research, Education, Treatment and Prevention for 21 Years.”
  • ICED Think Tank, Montreal, 2013 – “Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Illness and Recovery: Implications for Research and Practice.”
  • ICED Think Tank, Austin, 2012 – “Reflections on Research-Practice from This Year’s Conference”
  • ICED Think Tank, Miami, 2011 – “Adventures in Knowledge Transfer”


  • ICED Workshop, San Francisco, 2016 – “How clinicians and researchers can work together without wanting to strangle each other: Guidance from a successful partnership team”
  • ICED Workshop, Montreal, 2013 – “How Researchers and Clinicians Can Develop Mutually Productive Partnerships: Lessons from Two Successful Teams”

We are enthusiastic and optimistic about these efforts to advance the science and practice in the field of eating disorders. Our AED members are an essential resource in promoting this collaboration, and we welcome ideas that will enhance our understanding of, and advance opportunities for, research practice partnerships. 


Banker, J., & Klump, K. (2007). Toward a Common Ground:  Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice in the Field of Eating Disorders.The AED Forum, January.

Banker,J.D., & Klump, K.L.(2009). Research and  Clinical Practice: A Dynamic Tension in the Field of Eating Disorders, In I.F Dancyger & V.M. Fornari (Eds.), Evidence Based Treatments for Eating Disorders, pp. 71-86. Nova Science Publishers, New York.

Kazdin, A.E. (2008). Evidence-Based Treatment and Practice: New Opportunities to Bridge Clinical Research and Practice, Enhance the Knowledge Base, and Improve Patient Care, American Psychologist, 63(3), 146-159.

Levant, R. F. (2006). APA Presidential Task Force Report on Evidence-Based Practice, Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology, American Psychologist, 61(4), 271-285.

1The survey and responses are more fully described in: Banker, J., & Klump, K. (2007).  Toward a Common Ground:  Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice in the Field of Eating Disorders.  The AED Forum, January.